In my first semester at UW Stout, I took a class called Two-Dimensional Design and for one of the projects, I created the piece shown above, which is titled Ladylike. In that class, I was the oldest and when we got the assignment to make a piece in Adobe Illustrator, I kind of knew right away that this is the piece I wanted to make; it had been something I had been wanting to make for awhile actually. And I was talking with my classmates at my table about it and, they being fresh out of high school, they kept telling me that I couldn't do this piece, and for a split second I started to doubt myself. I kept asking myself in my head, is this really that far out of line? Am I really going to be censored like this? And finally my brain stopped overanalyzing and my inner artist was like, I don't care, I'm going to do it anyway! (I did speak with the teacher first to make sure it was okay, because it still was for a class).
So I made my piece, I spent a lot of time on it, and when we presented our pieces in class the kids, they were kids I can say that (they were all seriously fresh out of high school), loved it. I'm sure your thinking, isn't that a good thing? Well it is and it isn't at the same time. Anyone can make anything that looks good and what not but this piece has meaning behind it; the only reason they liked the piece is because they had never been in a class before where someone made something like this. And this isn't even that outrageous or anything, it's just a swear word (well a lot of swear words but thats not the point). And so it made me kind of sad for them because I remember being there, fresh out of high school, and questioning whether I can or can't do something, which is sad. Artists of any age shouldn't be censored. I'm sure I could write more about that but I don't want this to be too long of a post and that wasn't really the intended purpose of this post.
This post is meant to tell the meaning behind this piece because it does have meaning and I think sometimes people just get too caught up in the piece itself to question the reason. For those who don't know me, I swear like a sailor (I get it from my dad so blame him for it) and for a long time people tried to make me not swear. The most common thing I heard was, "Swearing isn't ladylike." Well I'm not like a hardcore feminist or whatever but, I mean, really? Swearing isn't ladylike? So if I was a guy, it'd be totally acceptable for me to swear as much as I want? Even today there is still a sense of certain things are for guys and others are for girls and I just don't think that's right. If a little boy want's to play with a Barbie, let him. If a girl wants to play football, let her.
So I made this piece to sort of show that swearing can be feminine. I made the word 'Fuck' out of smaller versions of the word, in very feminine typefaces and all together they form this scripty (not a word I know but I don't really care) form of the word. There were many different ways I could have gone with this piece but I have to say I love the end result and I may come back and do more pieces like this.